Dalston Picture Playhouse

66 Kingsland High Street,
London, E8 2JP

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Architects: Ernest Cannell

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Dalston Picture Playhouse

Located in the east London inner city district of Dalston, on the southeast corner of Kingsland High Street and Colvestone Crescent, opposite Dalston Kingsland Railway Station. The Dalston Picture Playhouse was a small purpose-built cinema, with seating for 485 in stalls and circle levels. Originally it had a decorative tower feature on the street corner. It was a long narrow building, designed by architect Ernest Cannell. It was operated by A. Levinsky, and was listed as operating from 1914 to 1916.

Demolished many years ago to provide road widening for access to the Ridley Road street market.

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Woody_London on November 26, 2016 at 9:00 am

This was the Dalston Picture Playhouse of 1914, initial plans had an entrance on Ridley Rd but final plans had a full entrance onto the High Street, it seated 485 people with stalls and circle, it was a long tall and narrow building (purpose built) with a barrel vaulted ceiling, it stood on roughly the footprint of the current Poundland store which is a new building from when the whole area was redeveloped into the Kingsland Shopping Centre. It didn’t seem to have much success and its licence lapsed in 1916, and by 1920 when a Mr Odell applied to reopen it he found the cost of repairs too heavy and it never operated as a cinema again. Its architect was Ernest Cannell.

Woody_London on January 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Photo added showing the building around 1960 when it was Lyons Clothing Shop, and the auditorium had been split horizontally and windows and doors added onto Ridley Rd, at the right of the photo is a glimpse of the tiled frontage

SpurredoninDublin on January 21, 2020 at 8:14 am

There is an error on the topography: Colvestone Crescent ended at Ridley Rd (Not Kingsland Rd). It is Ridley Road market. Not Rigby Road.

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